Resources

Bible Study | Theology | Devotional | Worship

Luther’s Writings | Denominational | Educational | Other

Bible Study

Kretzmann’s Popular Commentary — An excellent online commentary on the entire Bible, from a conservative Lutheran perspective.

Lectionary at Lunch — An audio commentary on the appointed Scripture readings for the current week, as presented at lunchtime gatherings by faculty members to students at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

The Inspiration of Scripture — A Report of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

Bible Gateway — Online access to the text of Scripture in over 20 English translations.  Compare passages side-by-side in different versions.

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Theology

Our Beliefs page has links to a large number of doctrinal documents.

Book of Concord — The Book of Concord is a classic collection of documents stating the doctrinal position of the Lutheran Church.

Luther’s Small Catechism (1986 Translation) — An short, simple summary of Christian doctrine, written by Martin Luther. 

Explanation of Luther’s Small Catechism — A longer explanation of Luther’s Small Catechism with hundreds of supporting Bible verses.  Available in  PDF and RTF

Frequently Asked Questions — Dozens of answers to Frequently Asked Questions on many topics from the web site of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

Christian Cyclopedia — Online edition of Christian Cyclopedia, an excellent resource for theological and historical information.

Issues, Etc. — Stimulating guests and a conservative Lutheran perspective on the issues of the day; hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken; download or listen live Monday thru Friday from 3:05pm-5:00pm Central Time; alternate site www.piratechristianradio.com.

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Devotional

Lutheran Hour Daily Devotions — Daily devotion from the worldwide radio outreach ministry of the LCMS, in print and audio formats.

Prayers for Today — Short daily devotions, Scripture readings, and prayers from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

Concordia Theological Seminary Chapel Services — Listen to inspiring chapel services from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Current week’s services available on demand.

Concordia Seminary Chapel Sermons — Sermons from chapel services at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.  Listen online or download.  Must have iTunes installed; close window if prompted.

Lutheran Hour Weekly Sermon — The weekly message from the worldwide radio outreach ministry of the LCMS.  Listen online or download.

Sunday Hour — Listen on demand to the British Broadcasting Company’s Sunday Hour, one of the most popular radio shows in Britain, featuring favorite hymns; current episode available on demand; some doctrinal content may not reflect the teachings of the LCMS.

Choral Evensong — Listen on demand to the British Broadcasting Company’s Choral Evensong, recorded in churches around Britain; current episode available on demand; some doctrinal content may not reflect the teachings of the LCMS.

For the God Who SingsListen on demand to the Australian Broadcasting Company’s For the God Who Sings, featuring classic church music including healthy doses of Lutheran composers such as J.S. Bach; two current episodes available on demand; some doctrinal content may not reflect the teachings of the LCMS.

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Worship

Lutheran Service Book — An online version of Lutheran Service Book from Hymnary.org with the lyrics for most hymns.

The Lutheran Hymnal — The LCMS pastor who created and maintained this site has retired, and unfortunately this wonderful resource is no longer actively online.  However, a complete archived version is available at The Wayback Machine. Lyrics and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) files for all the hymns in The Lutheran Hymnal and most hymns in other Lutheran hymnbooks including Lutheran Service Book

Database of Lutheran Hymns — A comprehensive, cross-linked online database of all the hymns from The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Lutheran Worship (1982), Hymnal Supplement ’98 (1998), and Lutheran Service Book (2007). You can see where a specific hymn occurs in each hymnal and which tune is used, which Scripture verses relate to a hymn, and search by Scripture reference, tune or title keyword for related hymns.

20,000 Hymns, Gospel Songs & Spirituals — A fantastic collection of high-quality MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) files for thousands of hymns.

Small Church Music — An astounding resource with lyrics and high-quality MP3 organ recordings of nearly every hymn imaginable!  Because this is a cross-denominational resource—compiled by a retired Baptist pastor in the Australian outback—some tunes and lyrics may vary from our hymnals, but a large number of hymns are taken directly from The Lutheran Hymnal and Lutheran Service Book.  Includes lyrics if they are not copyrighted. Excellent MP3 organ recordings of tunes which are not copyrighted may be played and downloaded for free, and recordings of many copyrighted tunes are available for a small fee.

Church Year Calendar — An interactive calendar giving the appointed Scripture readings from the Three-Year Lectionary in Lutheran Service Book.  From Pericope.org, a site run by Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod pastors which has other helpful resources related to the appointed Scripture readings of the Church Year.

Lutheran Lectionary Project — An amazing site giving the Collect and other Propers such as the Introit, etc. for each Sunday and weekday, according to the One-Year Series Lectionary in Lutheran Service Book.  Propers are from the New King James Version; readings available from a variety of translations.

How Lutherans Worship — A brief explanation of Christian worship and Lutheran worship practices, from the Lutheran Church of Australia.

Glossary of Worship Words — Explains many of the terms used in Christian worship.  From the Lutheran Church of Australia.

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Martin Luther’s Writings

Martin Luther’s Sermons — Extensive collection of Luther’s sermons and other writings.

Selected Works of Martin Luther from Project Wittenberg — An extensive collection of writings by and about Martin Luther.

Luther’s Table Talk — Informal comments by Luther recorded by those who actually listened to him around his own table as he discoursed on a wide range of topics.

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Denominational Links

Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod — Holy Cross is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

Lutheran Liturgical Congregations — Directory of congregations – including Holy Cross – giving information about their worship services, directions, etc.

The Lutheran Witness — Website for The Lutheran Witness, official magazine of the LCMS.

LCMS Reporter — Website for the Reporter, official newspaper of the LCMS.

Frequently Asked Questions — Dozens of answers to Frequently Asked Questions on many topics from the web site of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

Concordia Publishing House — Publisher for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, with many inspiring books, devotional, and gift items.

KFUO Radio — KFUO radio is the oldest religious radio station in the world, operated by the LCMS and located on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St Louis, Missouri; listen live and download.

Lutheran Heritage Foundation LHF is a Recognized Service Organization of the LCMS that provides materials such as catechisms, hymnals, children’s Bible story books, and seminary textbooks in dozens of different languages to emerging Lutheran churches around the world.

LCMS World Relief and Human Care — The mercy arm of the LCMS.

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Educational Institutions

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis — Concordia Seminary, St Louis, Missouri.

Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana — Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Concordia University System — Information on the campuses and programs of the ten Concordia colleges and universities nationwide operated by the LCMS.

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Other Publications and Web Resources

My Life Issues — Very helpful short articles from a Biblical perspective on topics such as addictions, death, divorce, financial problems, parenting, etc. from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

For the Life of the World — Online magazine with current stories and theological articles for the          laity; you may also subscribe here to the free For the Life of the World quarterly print magazine.

Higher Things — Promotes a Lutheran identity and community among today’s youth.

Lutherans for Life, www.getrealwithyourself.com, and  LCMS Life Library — Pro-life resources.

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